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Route of Santiago de Compostela in France

Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: For more than 1000 years pilgrims have been walking along the Route of Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of St. James, or in Spanish: Camino de Santiago. Their final destination is the tomb of St. James the Apostle in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela in Spain is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage destinations, along with Jerusalem and Rome. The four main starting points of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France are Parijs, Arles, Le Puy and Vézelay. Each of these routes was fed by a large number of a subsidiary routes, coming from all over Europe. The branches of the Route of Santiago de Compostela crosses the French-Spanish border and joins the Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. From the town of Puente la Reina in Spain the route continues westwards to Santiago de Compostela. A large number of places of worship have been built along the Route of Santiago de Compostela. UNESCO World Heritage monuments on the Route of Santiago de Compostela consists mostly of cathedrals and churches, but also hospices and the so called pilgrims bridges. Some of the major Christian pilgrimage sites in France: Bourges Cathedral, the widest of the French Gothic cathedrals; Chartres Cathedral and Mont Saint-Michel. The Route of Santiago de Compostela in France was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1993.

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Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - The four principal starting points of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France are: Arles, Parijs, Vézelay and Le Puy. Each of these...

The four principal starting points of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France are: Arles, Parijs, Vézelay and Le Puy. Each of these routes is fed by a large number of a subsidiary routes, coming from all over Europe. The branches of the Route of Santiago de Compostela crosses the French-Spanish border and joins the Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. From Puente la Reina in Spain, the route continues westwards to Santiago de Compostela.

  1. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - The four principal starting points of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France are: Arles, Parijs, Vézelay and Le Puy. Each of these...

    The four principal starting points of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France are: Arles, Parijs, Vézelay and Le Puy. Each of these routes is fed by a large number of a subsidiary routes, coming from all over Europe. The branches of the Route of Santiago de Compostela crosses the French-Spanish border and joins the Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. From Puente la Reina in Spain, the route continues westwards to Santiago de Compostela.

  2. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Sancta Camisia is the most precious relic in Chartres...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Sancta Camisia is the most precious relic in Chartres Cathedral. The Sancta Camisia is also known as the tunic of the Virgin Mary. In 876, the relic was a gift from Charlemagne. Chartres Cathedral was built following a fire that destroyed a previous church in 1194, only the western façade and crypt survived and also the most precious relic: The Sancta Camisia. 

  3. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Chartres Labyrinth, inlaid in the nave floor of Chartres Cathedral. The Chartres Labyrinth is 12.9...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Chartres Labyrinth, inlaid in the nave floor of Chartres Cathedral. The Chartres Labyrinth is 12.9 metres in diameter, it is the largest medieval maze in the world. Pilgrims used to follow this tortuous labyrinth on their knees. The Chartres Labyrinth continues to receive visits from pilgrims to this day. Chartres Cathedral is one of the most important monuments on the Route of Santiago de Compostela.

  4. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: A symbol of the pilgrimage route close to Chartres Cathedral. The scallop shell is...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: A symbol of the pilgrimage route close to Chartres Cathedral. The scallop shell is also called the Shell of Saint James, it is the symbol of the Route of Santiago de Compostela. The pilgrimage route is also known as the Way of James or El Camino de Santiago (in Spanish). The Route of Santiago de Compostela in France gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. 

  5. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: One of the branches of the Route of Santiago de Compostela, the Mont-Saint-Michel Way, starts...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: One of the branches of the Route of Santiago de Compostela, the Mont-Saint-Michel Way, starts at Mont-Saint-Michel, it is leading to the south of the village of Saintes, where it joins the route from Paris and Tours, the Via Turonensis. The UNESCO World Heritage monuments along the Route of Santiago de Compostela consist of many buildings, such as cathedrals, churches and hospitals, Mont Saint-Michel is one of them. 

  6. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Notre-Dame de L'Epine is a basilica in the small village of L'Epine near Verdun and...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Notre-Dame de L'Epine is a basilica in the small village of L'Epine near Verdun and Châlons-en-Champagne. The basilica was build in 1406- 1527, it has the dimensions of a cathedral. Remarkable gargoyles give the basilica a very mysterious character. The Notre-Dame de L'Epine is a true masterpiece of the Flamboyant Gothic style. The basilica is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Route of Santiago de Compostela in France.

  7. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Basilica Notre-Dame de L'Epine in the village of L'Epine. The exterior walls of the...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Basilica Notre-Dame de L'Epine in the village of L'Epine. The exterior walls of the basilica are adorned with gruesome gargoyles, they symbolizes evil spirits and deadly sins. In the 19th century, the most obscene gargoyles were destroyed by puritans. Notre-Dame de L'Epine has been a pilgrimage site since medieval times. Notre-Dame de L'Epine has inspired writers, especially Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas.

  8. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Basilica Notre-Dame de L'Epine. The basilica houses a 15th century rood screen consisting...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The Basilica Notre-Dame de L'Epine. The basilica houses a 15th century rood screen consisting a miraculous statue of the Virgin. In the Middle Ages, the statue was found by shepherds in a burning thorn bush. Notre-Dame de L'Epine  (thorn in French: l'épine) has been a pilgrimage site since Medieval Times, even French Kings visited the basilica to honour the statue of the Virgin.

  9. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Starting point of the Via Lemovicensis. The Basilica in Vézelay is the starting point of...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Starting point of the Via Lemovicensis. The Basilica in Vézelay is the starting point of the Via Lemovicensis, one of the four main routes of the Way of James. The Basilica in Vézelay, the Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene, was a major destination of medieval Christiam pilgrimage. The relics of Mary Magdalene were brought to Vézelay in 1281. The relics are kept in the crypt of the Basilica in Vézelay.

  10. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - The route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Bourges Cathedral, 13th century stained glass windows illuminates the cathedral with coloured...

    The route of Santiago de Compostela in France: Bourges Cathedral, 13th century stained glass windows illuminates the cathedral with coloured light. Bourges Cathedral, was built on the site of a place of worship since the 3th century. The cathedral is located along the Via Lemovicensis, one of the four traditional main routes of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France. The starting point of the Via Lemovicensis is the Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene in Vézelay.

  11. Route of Santiago de Compostela in France - Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The basilica on hill la Colline Eternelle at Vézelay. The Basilica in Vézelay...

    Route of Santiago de Compostela in France: The basilica on hill la Colline Eternelle at Vézelay. The Basilica in Vézelay is the starting point of the Via Lemovicensis, one of the four main routes of the Way of James. For more than 1000 years pilgrims have been walking along the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James. The final destination is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with the tomb of St. James in Spain.